New Zealand: double glazing boom thanks to new directive

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Double-glazing is now gaining popularity in New Zealand thanks in part to a government directive. While not compulsory, double-glazing is the best option for homes in many parts of the country to meet...

Double-glazing is now gaining popularity in New Zealand thanks in part to a government directive. While not compulsory, double-glazing is the best option for homes in many parts of the country to meet the new building performance index, a system that requires new homes to meet a set standard for energy efficiency. But as double glazing gains in popularity and acceptance (80% of South Island homes already have it) many people are now retrofitting their windows to help keep homes warmer and drier. Double-glazing can help cut heating bills by up to 30% when compared with standard single-glazed windows. Alan Sage at Metro Glass Tech says argon gas is heavier than air and so offers better thermal insulation when compared with air. When it comes to the size of the gap, the choice can range from 6mm to 18mm, with government heat loss data based on a 12mm air gap. Mr. Sage explained that the smaller air gap units are designed for older frames that cannot physically take the larger, more efficient windows. To help homeowners there is a standard rating system, the Window Efficiency Rating System (WERS), which is based on a five-star chart with five being the best. Each rating is based on the type of glass, whether it is tinted or not, and the materials used to make the frame. Tinting windows is also becoming popular with claims that it can help homes stay cool in the summer and reduce UV levels entering the home through the windows. Rolf Stucki of Tint Pro said adding tinted...
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